Board lamellaphone made with a carved wooden board of reddish color, having eight lamellas made of iron alloy (one missing). The instrument has a raised backrest carved from the board, and the bridge is made of a strip of iron alloy sheet that is raised at the same level. The pressure bar, also made of iron alloy, is attached to the board with metal wire and passes over the bridge sides. The joint section of the pressure bar with the board has a chunk of dark resin. The board has a central hole underneath the lamellas, and an iron wire with three iron rattle rings inserted at the bottom. A small strap of wound fabric is attached on the back.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
- Inventory number:
- Place of production:
Democratic Republic of Congo
- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:122.11 Lamellaphones (or plucked idiophones) with laced-on, or hooked-in lamellae, without resonator
- Specific materials/techniques:
- Decorative elements:Geometrical carvings, probably made through pyrography, on the top of the board.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:122.11 Lamellaphones (or plucked idiophones) with laced-on, or hooked-in lamellae, without resonator
- Repository:Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
- Measurements:Height: 198mm; Depth: 37mm